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I USED to own a Model S until the head-on crash.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by pjwddsltd, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. pjwddsltd

    pjwddsltd New Member

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    I used to have a 2013 Model S. On Sunday February 21st, we were on Palatine Road going westbound. A GMC SUV made a turn from the straight lanes around the stopped cars in the turn lane whom were on a red arrow. Had enough time to hit the brakes and yell "oh ****" before everything went blank. We hit them broadside , all four airbags deployed. As the airbag smoke cleared and we realized that we were alright, we opened both front doors and got out. We had to help the GMC driver and passenger to open their doors as they were jammed after the crash. WE were taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. If it weren't for the Tesla Model S, I wouldn't be here today to write this. I ordered a new Model S and put a deposit on a Model X the next day. Thank you Elon Musk for the Model S.
    Dr Peter J Waidzunas
     
  2. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Head on at speed into an SUV and you not only walked away but could help the others out?

    The Model S is a tank, isn't it?
     
  3. xhawk101

    xhawk101 Active Member

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    Wow, glad you are ok. Welcome to the forum.
     
  4. Xenoilphobe

    Xenoilphobe Active Member

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    Pictures? Glad you guys are good to go!
     
  5. bmah

    bmah Obscure Member

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    Heck of a first post! Happy to see that you're OK.
     
  6. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I'm so glad you were in a Model S and that you're replacing it - I often wonder how many lives have been saved because of these cars. Probably no way to know.

    Glad you're both okay :). Welcome to the forum. I look forward to hearing about your new vehicles!
     
  7. Jaff

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    This ^^^.

    To the OP, glad to hear you and your family are OK!
     
  8. Canuck

    Canuck Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story and reinforcing one of the main reasons many of us drive a Model S. I'm glad to hear everyone is okay.
     
  9. Justicepool

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    Thanks for sharing , glad you and your family are ok!
     
  10. Bimbels

    Bimbels GoldMember

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    yes, so glad you are ok! Sad news about your car, though no better testament than promptly ordering/reserving 2 more.

    How fast do you estimate you were going when you hit him?
     
  11. CatB

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    These stories give me chills every time. *SO* glad you are well, I hope your new S arrives soon.
     
  12. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Having survived a similar ordeal thanks to this tank of a car, so glad to hear that everyone's okay!
     
  13. Peter_M

    Peter_M Member

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    Glad to hear you're OK. Thanks for posting.

    Did you happen to notice if the automatic emergency braking kicked in before impact to reduce the collision force? Or is your car pre-autopilot?
     
  14. Dchint

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    It was a 2013
     
  15. pjwddsltd

    pjwddsltd New Member

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    I forgot to mention that the car automatically contacted Tesla motors to advise of an accident with airbag deployment. Tesla corporate called my home contact number even before I could call home to advise my wife that we were OK. Pretty amazing customer service.
     
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    So did they talk with your first or just call right away themselves?
     
  17. MikeBur

    MikeBur ManualPilot

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    Sorry to hear about the accident. I hope the occupants of other vehicle are doing ok too. Was this head-on to head-on? Read it a few time and sounds like they cut across you?

    The design of the Model S, including its increased crumple zone size, helps both the occupants of the Model S and likely the other vehicle, vs. same weight ICE car. They should also feel lucky that this wasn't another SUV hitting them.
     
  18. Zroiron

    Zroiron Poodle Pack Leader

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    Pictures???

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    Now who would be interested in pictures?? He walked away alive!!
     
  19. clarkbariowa

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    I am glad to hear you are ok. That road is terrible! I remember the first time I wanted to make a similar turn there and said, so I turn into the middle lane over there, that makes no sense...
     
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    Thank God , you are safe.
     

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